For those who love to shop, Benicia is bursting with boutiques offering everything from vintage couture to modern bohemian. But the real bonus is that in November, for every $10 spent at participating shops, restaurants or spas, shoppers earn a drawing ticket for a chance to win a $500 Downtown Benicia Shopping Spree. That’s a lot of downtown dough to get you in the holiday spirit.

If you have never been to downtown Benicia, now’s your chance to plan a trip to this charming little town full of big city fashion. Much of the best shopping is directly on, or right off, First Street. Parking is free and there are many great restaurants and bars to keep you going as you stroll the waterfront and shop downtown.

Known in the Bay Area for its eclectic shopping scene, Benicia boasts a plethora of locally made and sourced jewelry, apparel, art and homeware. It’s one-stop shopping for building out your winter wardrobe or getting a jump on your holiday gifts. And it’s beautifully set along the Carquinez Straight with breathtaking sunsets and shoreline walking paths.

As if that wasn’t reason enough to make a break for Benicia, the locals are as friendly and welcoming as their beloved town. It truly is a place where people love where they live. With a sultry culinary scene and live music nearly every weekend, residents and visitors alike gather for dinners out and drinks after work.

Most of the shops, boutiques, and galleries are also locally owned. The pride in ownership is more than apparent as you make your way through each spot. Many of the shopkeeps have followed a passion that drives them to stock their stores with only the best items in a variety of price points. It really is the quality of the goods paired with fair pricing that ultimately defines great shopping.

In the spirit of shopping local, Benicia will be participating in Small Business Saturday on November 24 with a special Wine Walk. What’s better than shopping with wine? Grab the girls (21 years+) for a full day of shopping, sipping and saving. Wine Walk & Shop Small will be from 1-5 p.m. and tickets are $30 each in advance and $55 for a pair. All tickets purchased on the day of event are $35. Your ticket price includes 15 tastes and one complimentary Benicia Main Street wine glass per person. Get your tickets online here. Whether or not you participate in the Wine Walk, skip the mall and shop small for great deals and giveaways on Small Business Saturday in downtown Benicia.

So if you’re wondering about the best place for holiday shopping, we recommend where you will be rewarded with more than just great finds. Shop Benicia for a chance to win $500 in Downtown Dollars or pick some up for a special friend or loved one. They make a great gift. They spend like cash at more than 70 locations in downtown Benicia.

For a complete list of participating merchants, please check out